under heaven says that
my Tao is great, but inconceivable.
It is its very greatness that makes it inconceivable!
If it could be conceived of, how small
it would be!
I have three
treasures to hold and protect:
The first is motherly love. The second
is economy. The third is daring
not to be first in the
love one can be courageous.
With economy one can be expansive.
With humility one
courageous without motherly love,
To be expansive without practicing economy,
To go to the front without humility —
this is courting death.
love and you win the
battle. Defend with love and you are
invulnerable. Heaven’s secret is
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